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How to Use TikTok: Beginners Guide

 


Let's be fair and not rank TikTok on the same page with Facebook or Twitter, yet with over 500+ Million monthly active users on their platform, TikTok is becoming a force to reckon with globally. Even on YouTube and Facebook short videos, one can always spot short TikTok videos shared by random users on their Facebook, groups, or YouTube channel.

In fact, as a result of TikTok's massive traffic, a lot of online marketers are beginning to take advantage of the platform to advertise their services and products. However, the easiest way to understand the TikTok application, its trends, and how you can enjoy using it is to create your own TikTok account and kick start your journey on their platform.

What is TikTok?

For many of us who don't know the story behind the success of TikTok, we may think that TikTok rose to global recognition and limelight overnight. Fat from that, TikTok has been around for over five years now.

TikTok was launched in 2016 by a Beijing-based company known as ByteDance. TikTok became an Instant hit with Gen Z users in China. Before TikTok gained popularity in Europe and North America, the founding company had to acquire another video-sharing platform known as Musical.ly.

As of the year 2018, TikTok had about 55Million monthly active users. This year, TikTok has been estimated to achieve a total monthly view of 1.2billion active monthly users.

Just like every other social media platform, there is always a unique feature that will distinguish it from another. TikTok is not difficult to use. Yes, anyone can learn how to use it to attain a huge social media presence, make sales, drive traffic to their blogs, and so on and so on. Now, let's take you by the hand and guide you on how you can use the TikTok application.

How to Use TikTok

• Download the application on the play store and sign up by filling in your details.

• Finish setting up your profile

• Engage with interesting videos and connect with users

• Always share, like, and comment on viral videos

•  Search and recreate trading videos

• Don't wait for followers, follow other TikTok users

1. Download the TikTok Application and Fill in Your Details

Of course, you cannot use any application without installing it on a mobile device or PC. You have to visit the Play Store and search for TikTok, then download it and fill in your details to create your account. TikTok already has lots of things in place to make your account creation easy for you. For instance, you can create a TikTok account instantly by simply logging into your Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail accounts. It's very fast and easy.

2. Finish setting up your profile

Immediately after creating a TikTok account, the next thing is to set up your profile on your TikTok account. Tap on the icon at the lower right of the TikTok application, and you will see a couple of settings you need to do to put your profile in order.

On your profile, you can start by selecting and uploading a profile photo from your smartphone. It is also imperative to add your bio information and unique username. If you already have accounts with other social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter, you can add links to direct your followers to your Instagram and Twitter accounts.

3. Engage in very interesting videos and connect with other TikTok users

After creating your account, the next thing is to increase your online presence on TikTok. You cannot do this by folding your hands. You have got to start engaging with other users.

The main content on TikTok is just videos. So you cannot avoid engaging in videos, watching, and making great comments on them. From these engagements, you can grow your TikTok account in a matter of months.

4. Always share like and comment on viral videos

Don't just engage in any kind of video on TikTok. Go for the viral ones because that is where you can get to connect with hundreds of followers in one shot.

There is a chance that TikTok algorithms will continue to promote the online presence of videos that have gone viral already. So when you share, like, and make great comments on videos going viral, you have greater chances of getting more followers.

5 Recreate trending videos

When I say recreate trending videos, I am saying you should download and upload videos already created by other TikTok users. You shouldn't do that as it may violate TikTok's terms of use and conditions for creating videos on their platform.

Think of recreating videos of TikTok viral challenges and you will see how TikTok Algorithms will increase the engagement of your video. For instance, before TikTok banned the viral Crates Challenge, a lot of content creators on their platform used the challenge to gain many followers. This is the power of viral social media trends. So, follow the trend and be a good friend of the Algorithm.

6. Don't wait for followers to follow you first, follow other TikTok users

I learned this trick on Twitter long ago. As long as you are not yet a celebrity, you don't need to wait for people to follow you on any social media platform. Follow other users while creating quality content and in return, these users will reward the value you are bringing to the table by following you and becoming your loyal fans.

It's not like you should overdo it. Don't follow more than 30 people in a day. Do it modestly and consistently and then wait for the persons you have followed to follow you back. But please, do not overuse this strategy so that your account will not be red-flagged for spamming other users.

Conclusion

We have been able to present you with the steps you need to create a TikTok account and grow it from scratch.

If you intend to make money from TikTok, you need to take these steps seriously, and gradually you will grow your TikTok online presence and make a lot of money from it.

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